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Jan 14 Nissin fetes founder's birth with Chicken Ramen for 35 yen (Yomiuri)
 Nissin Food Products Co. will from March 1 sell its Cup Noodle and Chicken Ramen products for 100 yen and 35 yen, respectively--the original prices of the products when they were first marketed--to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the company's founder, Momofuku Ando. Nissin said Tuesday that 10 million units of the two instant noodle products will be sold at the special prices.
Jan 14 Toyota to market EVs in U.S. from 2012 (Yomiuri)
 Toyota Motor Corp. likely will start marketing electric vehicles in the United States in 2012, hoping to meet soon-to-be-tightened environmental regulations in California, the automaker said Tuesday. Currently, Toyota buys all rechargeable batteries it needs to build eco-friendly cars from a joint corporation set up with Panasonic Corp.
Jan 14 Japan Airlines to get new chief (New York Times)
 Kazuo Inamori, the honorary chairman of electronics components maker Kyocera Corp., said Wednesday he has agreed to become the new chief executive of troubled Japan Airlines Corp. Mr. Inamori, 77, told reporters after meeting Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama he had agreed to accept the post. He said he would work three to four days per week, and for that reason was not asking for any salary. He would replace Haruka Nishimatsu, who has indicated he would resign.
Jan 12 Foreign passenger arrivals in Japan down 17% in 2009 (AP)
 The number of foreign passenger arrivals in Japan last year was 7.58 million, down 1.56 million or 17.1 percent from the previous year, the Justice Ministry said Tuesday in released preliminary data. The ministry's Immigration Bureau attributed the decline to the global economic slump, strong yen and the new flu.
Jan 12 Qantas alliance raises Japan Airlines bid (ABC News)
 One of the world's largest global airline alliances, oneworld, says it will offer around $2.2 billion in financial aid to the troubled Japan Airlines. The rescue package, which outlines a range of commercial benefits to Japan Airlines (JAL) over three years, includes contributions from Australia's largest airline Qantas, as well as American Airlines, British Airways and Cathay Pacific.
Jan 12 Japanese Brake Manufacturer Expanding in Kentucky (ABC)
 Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says a Japanese brake company is adding 70 new jobs at its Elizabethtown headquarters. Beshear says the job additions were a result of his trip to Japan in October. Akebono Brake Corp. is planning to invest $800,000 in the Elizabethtown facility by adding 12,000 square feet of office space.
Jan 11 Japan Airlines 'to cut 15,600 jobs' (Aljazeera)
 Japan Airlines (JAL) is expected to cut about a third of its workforce under a three-year rehabilitation plan. According to a new report on Monday, the company is also to file for bankruptcy and embark on a government-led turnaround. The news agency Kyodo News reported that 15,600 jobs would be cut along with employees' benefits and salaries.
Jan 11 Breweries pin survival strategy on 3rd category beer market (Asahi)
 Breweries, confronted by shrinking sales, are zeroing in on a cheap alternative to beer, beverages that taste like the real thing but aren't, to secure overall sales volume in 2010. So-called third-category beer contains little or no malt, hence its classification as a beer-like beverage. Alcohol content is almost the same.
Jan 11 JAL faces showdown with retirees (Japan Times)
 Japan Airlines Corp. is having a hard time getting its retirees to approve drastic cuts in pension benefits as it heads toward court-backed rehabilitation, sources close to the matter said Sunday. The ailing carrier needs two-thirds approval and the working deadline is Tuesday.
Jan 11 Free papers of local beauties fly off shelves (Yomiuri)
 Free papers that feature young women from certain areas as models and show off the appeal of those regions have exploded in popularity recently. The first "Bishojo Zukan" (pictorial books of young beauties) was published in Niigata in 2002 by local residents who felt it was time for some pride in the local scene and who wanted to change the attitude that only trends from Tokyo were worth watching.
Jan 11 Japan tech needs M&A but patent war more likely (Reuters)
 There's a lot of that kind of introspection going on among Japanese tech executives at the Consumer Electronics Show this week, where the dominance of Sony Corp and Panasonic Corp seems to be a thing of the past, usurped by South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and LG Electronics Inc
Jan 09 Magazine publishers in Japan team up to sell content online (Mainichi)
 Fifty publishing companies including major firms Bungeishunju, Kodansha, and Shogakukan have teamed up to launch a joint Web site that will sell magazine articles online. Trial operation of the site will begin on Jan. 27. Users will be able to search for articles from cell phones, and select the ones they want to read from a table of contents.
Jan 09 Sanyo rolls electric bicycles into US market (AFP)
 Japanese electric bicycle titan Sanyo thinks that notoriously car-loving folks in the United States are prime for pedal power. Eneloop "pedal-assist" bicycles that had been exclusively available in Japan made a US debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where attendees got to saddle-up and ride in a carpeted casino hotel ballroom.
Jan 09 Rehab planners: Ax JAL's global routes (Japan Times)
 The government and state-backed Enterprise Turnaround Corp. of Japan are considering extensively shrinking the international operations of Japan Airlines Corp. as part of the carrier's rehabilitation plan, which is likely to entail court-backed bankruptcy filing, sources said Friday. ETIC, tasked with JAL's reconstruction, is aiming to announce a bailout package later this month and will work to persuade JAL's key commercial creditor banks, which have favored an out-of-court reorganization through debt forgiveness, to heed its plan.
Jan 09 Panasonic plotting green tack (Japan Times)
 Panasonic Corp. said Friday it plans to boost sales and domestic and international competitiveness by expanding green technology products. Company President Fumio Otsubo disclosed green-related targets, including plans to invest 100 billion yen from fiscal 2010 to 2015 to increase solar cell production at Sanyo Electric Co., which recently become part of Panasonic.
Jan 09 Toyota to sell Prius in India (Yomiuri)
 Toyota Motor Corp. announced Thursday it would sell its Prius model hybrid cars in India and started accepting customer reservations on the day. This is the first time for Toyota to market its hybrid cars in India. About 200 Prius units per year will be imported from Japan and delivered to Indian customers beginning in March.
Jan 08 Toyota's Prius top-selling car in Japan last year (AP)
 The Toyota Prius was the top-selling car in Japan last year - the first time a gas-electric hybrid has clinched that spot. The Japan Automobile Dealers Association said Friday that Toyota Motor Corp.'s Prius was No. 1 in its ranking of sales by vehicle models - with 208,876 Prius cars sold in 2009, nearly three times the numbers sold the previous year. The big success of the Prius in the home market for Toyota, the world's biggest automaker, highlights the growing consumer acceptance of green vehicles.
By J.S. on Jan 15, 2010



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